National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) is an annual initiative that takes place in May. This year’s celebration is scheduled for May 13th-19th, 2018. Opportunities exist for you to educate and advocate for yourself and others. In fact, WomensHealth.gov offers activities that you can engage in depending on the age group you fall into. There are suggestions listed for women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

If you want to do your part to get the word out about the annual initiative, there are many things you can do. In fact, the following list of suggestions can be done any time of the month or year for that matter. Good health deserves your attention always.

Here are five ways to get involved with National Women’s Health Week:

  • Share what you’ve learned on social media. Your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors spend time online, too. What makes sharing information powerful is that it can be shared by the people you’ve shared it with.
  • Schedule yearly examinations with your OBGYN. If you’re able to, pay for another woman’s exam, so she doesn’t need to. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give a person.
  • Follow the suggestions listed for your age group on WomensHealth.gov. There is advice about diet, exercise, recreational activities, safe driving, and more. Follow through with a few of the suggestions and share your experience with them in a blog or social media post that others can read.
  • Treat yourself to activities that help you relax. A massage is nice but not always realistic. Come up with a list of things you can do at home in a minute’s notice to destress. A warm bath or cup of chamomile tea could do the trick. Using essential oils (if you’re not pregnant) in place of scented candles is another reliable way to decompress after a long, stressful day.
  • Take a selfie of you being healthy. Post it on social media with the #NWHW. Let people be inspired by the activity of your choice. Inspire others to do the same by spreading the word about your plans for NWHW.

Get involved with National Women’s Health Week. As a woman, you possess the power of advocacy. Help other women take charge of their health by explaining the importance of routine OBGYN examinations and testing. Provide them with healthy ways to combat stress and prioritize self-care.